“This is such a wonderful thing that the Sheriff’s Office does for us. We cannot thank you enough for conducting Shred Day. We save our papers all year long so we can bring them here to be destroyed.”

“I have just returned from the shredding operation conducted by your office. I thought it was well organized, well run and a great service to the citizens of Newport News. Thank you.”

Proper Destruction Scheduling

Proper and scheduled destruction of documents and data is an essential and highly responsible practice. There are several good reasons for developing and maintaining personal retention policies:

  • Prevents identity theft, dumpster diving, and information-based fraud
  • Ensures records are not kept longer than needed, but also not destroyed too soon
  • Makes it easier to manage your records

What documents should I shred?

In general, shred papers that contain:

  • Account Numbers
  • Credit Card Numbers/ Receipts
  • Tax Documents
  • Mortgage Documents
  • Bank Statements
  • Financial Documents
  • Insurance Documents
  • Pay Stubs
  • Medical Records
  • Personal Information (Social Security number, PINs, signatures, date of birth, etc.)
  • Junk Mail (often contains personal, identifying information)

As a rule of thumb, shred papers or documents that contain your name, address, e-mail address, phone number and other less-sensitive information that an identity thief can use to impersonate you.

NOTE: Residents should continue to recycle non-confidential papers and magazines with their recycling program.

Also, we stress that this event is NOT for businesses.